The Lyrids is a meteor shower that takes place from April 16th to April 26th of this year, with its peak being around April 22nd. The Lyrids meteor shower is named for the constellation Lyra, with it’s radiant point originating from the constellation’s brightest star, Alpha Lyrae, otherwise known as Vega.
Magickal workings that would be appropriate to perform during the Lyrids meteor shower include those having to do with:
Immortality of the soul
It is said that the first lyre ever made was given to Orpheus by Hermes as a bargain. The music produced by this lyre was so great that even inanimate objects could be charmed by it.
“At one point, Orpheus married Eurydice, a nymph. While fleeing from an attack by Aristaeus, she stepped on a snake that bit her, killing her. To reclaim her, Orpheus entered the Underworld, where the music from his lyre charmed Hades. Hades relented and let Orpheus bring Eurydice back, on the condition that he never once look back until outside. Unfortunately, near the very end, Orpheus faltered and looked back, causing Eurydice to be left in the Underworld forever. Orpheus spent the rest of his life strumming his lyre while wandering aimlessly through the land, rejecting all marriage offers from women.”
Spirit work - Aconite (Wolfsbane, Monkshood), Apple, Bay Laurel, Birch, Cedar, Copal, Cypress, Elder, Lavender, Mandrake, Marigold, Mugwort, Mullein, Pomegranate, Thyme, Tobacco, Willow, Wormwood, Yew
Enchanting - *The herb will depend on the type of enchantment you are performing*
The femme had paused her work, one servo leaning up to touch a datapad softly. Her servo caressed the metal like a creator with his or her new born sparkling. Green optics saddened, staring at what the datapad held permanently in its data banks. A picture of a small sparkling.. frame stockily built, even for a sparkling. The color of the frame was brown, almost a tan color.. Orange streaked along the plating here and there.. A representation that Starfire had carried this little one once. His eyes were a bright yellow, like his sires.. A sire Starfire was not proud of.. Her memories seemed to place herself in that time.. The time where her spark felt full with that little one. The sparkling that always stay under her pedes as she worked, and even attempted to help. She was so proud of him, an intelligent little being. Her little bitlet.. She could remember the soft coos he spoke to her in..
The answer never came, no matter how hard as she prayed to Primus for an answer. She remembered the day her Ex-mate came.. He was not the mech she remembered as he took the life of the sparkling.. The sparkling that cried for it’s creator.. Starfire fought like the whole of Team Prime to get to him.. Her Ex-mate’s forces still too strong.. She had almost lost her own spark, had it not been for the team finding her again.
Her she is.. alone in her medical bay, still so young, but so broken sparked..
The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaked before dawn on April 22nd, as our planet plowed through dust from the tail of long-period comet Thatcher. Seen from the high, dark, and dry Atacama desert a waning crescent Moon and brilliant Venus join Lyrid meteor streaks in this composited view. Captured over 5 hours on the night of April 21/22, the meteors stream away from the shower’s radiant, a point not very far on the sky from Vega, alpha star of the constellation Lyra.
In the foreground are domes of the Las Campanas Observatory housing (left to right) the 2.5 meter du Pont Telescope and the 1.3 meter Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment (OGLE) telescope.
Counterinsurgency theory as pioneered by ARC Trooper Alpha-17.
Before there was Omega Squad, before Rex and Cody and all the rest, there was but one Named Clone Character ™, and that was everyone’s favorite badass ARC trooper. Alpha’s excellence at soldiering combined with his ruthless pragmatism and dry wit made him a blast to read alongside Obi-Wan and Anakin, and I always thought it was a crying shame he never showed up in any of the novels. He left a lasting imprint on the franchise by training the new generation of Clone Commanders (did that make it over with the NEU reboot?), and it was awesome when he got bought back in Obsession. Not even General Grievous could take him down. Only questionable choices of character fates, and a continuity snarl then reboot could do that.
So here’s to Alpha. I like Rex and all, but he’s not nearly as good as the original.
I miss him. 😭😭😭😭😭
I will never get over his passing. I will forever hate that I will never be able to see anymore of his work. Or hear any of his stories, see his art or see his smile. Or even hear his voice. I miss you. 😭😭😭😭
In commemoration of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope completing its 100,000th orbit in its 18th year of exploration and discovery, scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., have aimed Hubble to take a snapshot of a dazzling region of celestial birth and renewal.
Hubble peered into a small portion of the nebula near the star cluster NGC 2074 (upper, left). The region is a firestorm of raw stellar creation, perhaps triggered by a nearby supernova explosion. It lies about 170,000 light-years away near the Tarantula nebula, one of the most active star-forming regions in our Local Group of galaxies.
The three-dimensional-looking image reveals dramatic ridges and valleys of dust, serpent-head “pillars of creation,” and gaseous filaments glowing fiercely under torrential ultraviolet radiation. The region is on the edge of a dark molecular cloud that is an incubator for the birth of new stars.
The high-energy radiation blazing out from clusters of hot young stars already born in NGC 2074 is sculpting the wall of the nebula by slowly eroding it away. Another young cluster may be hidden beneath a circle of brilliant blue gas at center, bottom.
In this approximately 100-light-year-wide fantasy-like landscape, dark towers of dust rise above a glowing wall of gases on the surface of the molecular cloud. The seahorse-shaped pillar at lower, right is approximately 20 light-years long, roughly four times the distance between our Sun and the nearest star, Alpha Centauri.
The region is in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite of our Milky Way galaxy. It is a fascinating laboratory for observing star-formation regions and their evolution. Dwarf galaxies like the LMC are considered to be the primitive building blocks of larger galaxies.
This representative color image was taken on August 10, 2008, with Hubble’s Wide Field Planetary Camera 2. Red shows emission from sulfur atoms, green from glowing hydrogen, and blue from glowing oxygen.
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Fans have always experienced a bit of confusion over Chekov recognizing Khan (and vice versa) as Walter Koenig didn’t join the cast of Star Trek until the second season, but Star Trek II director Nicholas Meyer told them not to worry about it on the commentary track for the movie. He states that he could have put a character that had been in around in the first season, such as Uhura, on board the Reliant but that he simply liked Chekov more. He then cited the fact that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle frequently contradicted himself in his Sherlock Holmes books, offering that as proof that continuity doesn’t matter much as long as the stories are still engaging.
For the record: Greg Cox’s non-canon Khan-centric novel To Reign In Hell establishes that Chekov was on board the ship and was even part of the landing party that delivered the genetically augmented dictator to Ceti Alpha V. William Rostler’s Star Trek II Biographies, published as a tie-in to the film, has Chekov stating that he has no idea how Khan knew who he was…unless he had somehow memorized the entire Starfleet personnel roster, which is a pretty baller move.
Hi, love this blog! Thank you so much for running it! I have a question about star constellations: do they look the same from the surface of Earth and from the Moon? Thanks!
The big dark looks exactly the same from the Earth or the Moon, except on the Earth, you see the Moon in the say, and on the Moon, you see the Earth in the sky.
(Earthrise, Apollo 8, NASA)
Otherwise, the stars are comparatively so much farther away that the stars and constellations look the same from any planet in our solar system. Of course, when you get way out towards Pluto, the Sun starts to look like just a very bright star (still the brightest in the sky), and not the glowing huge deathball of nuclear fusion that it really is.
However, once you start going to other stars, the constellations will start to look very different. Constellations look like they do only from specific places. The stars that make up a constellation may not really be close to each other at all. They only look that way from Earth (or near Earth). Each of those stars may be hundreds - or thousands - of parsecs from each other.
The further you go from our solar system, the more different they start to look. By the time you’re a few dozen light-years away, most of the constellations we know will look different - stretched or skewed. Go around to the ‘side’ of a constellation, and you couldn’t even recognize it.
Here’s a short video that shows several constellations and how they would look from different angles.
There is a great astronomy program - Celestia - that allows you to see what the sky would look like from other stars. I’ve used it in my RPGs to show constellations that are important to the cultures of the people that live on different planets in different stellar systems. It’s a pretty easy program to use, and it’s free. If your story is set in our own galaxy, it can be quite useful.
The constellations in the sky of a planet orbiting another star would be a reflection of that species and cultures ideals, dreams, stories, and mythology - just like the constellations of our night sky.